DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Berkeley Immerse Themselves in History

Teach For America alum Stefanie Wissmann (New York ’04) teaches a group of curious and energetic fourth graders at Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley, California.

“They love learning more about themselves, each other, and the world,” Ms. Wissman says. “They are definitely voracious readers and enjoy learning about history.”

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that her students also love to go on field trips to complement what they’re learning in the classroom—especially when it comes to Native Americans, European explorers, and the Gold Rush.

Ms. Wissmann and her class will soon be taking part in an Environmental Living Program at Petaluma Adobe Historic Park where students will have the opportunity to learn about 19th century rancho life in California. She understands an experience like this is priceless, but there are substantial transportation costs associated with this type of field trip, and as a result, she’s turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to cover the travel costs.

“Helping fund our transportation costs to Petaluma Adobe will ensure that my students’ families can put their time, energy, and resources towards getting the other items needed to make this trip a success,” Ms. Wissmann says. “Students will walk away from this trip with increased independence and a deeper understanding of California history.”

Please consider supporting Ms. Wissmann’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.

By |February 15th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Berkeley Immerse Themselves in History|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Sweet and Stylish Valentine’s Day

Happy Friday, y’all! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you know TeacherPop has scoured the web in search of the sweetest, most romantic, and of course, stylish deals from some of our favorite retailers. Check out these 10 deals to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!

J.Crew: Save 25% on your purchase—or 30% if you spend $150 or more—with coupon code HEARTYOU through Monday.

Gap: Take 40% off women’s and men’s styles with coupon code FORYOU through Sunday.

LOFT: Save 40% on select styles for a limited time.

Old Navy: Take 30% off your entire order with coupon code DEAL through Sunday.

Express: Save 30% on all dresses and $100 on all suits for a limited time.

Ann Taylor: Take $50 off full-price dresses with coupon code DRESS50 for a limited time.

Target: Save on select Valentine’s Day gifts and accessories for a limited time.

Barnes & Noble: Take 10% off your order with coupon code BNHEART17 through Tuesday.

1-800-flowers: Save 20% with coupon code VDAYEARLY20 when you deliver early for Valentine’s Day.

Williams Sonoma: Take up to 50% off cookware for a limited time.

Have a great weekend!

By |February 10th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Sweet and Stylish Valentine’s Day|

3 Awesome Funding Opportunities for Teachers

Are you looking to start a new after-school science club or supply your class with Chromebooks? Well, thanks to our friends at DonorsChoose.org, it’s never been easier to raise funds to support your classroom and give your students everything they need for success. Check out these three awesome funding opportunities for teachers from DonorsChoose and kick off your project today!

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

Up for a challenge? Create a project designed for hands-on science or math learning outside the classroom—think after-school coding club—and each donation you receive will be doubled. (And you’ll automatically be entered to win one of 10 $5,000 gift cards.) To learn more and create your own innovative science or math project to support your students, visit DonorsChoose.

Team Sports Match

DonorsChoose and DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation are joining forces to help fund team sports projects. Whether you’re looking to replace your baseball team’s uniforms or want to start a brand new soccer team for your school, DonorsChoose and DICK’S are here to help with a one-to-one funding match. Create a team sports project for your school today.

Chromebook Match

A class set of Chromebooks is an invaluable tool for any classroom. Thanks to DonorsChoose and Google, when teachers create a project and request Chromebooks, Google will provide matching donations. See how you can score Chromebooks for your classroom at DonorsChoose.

Do you have a DonorsChoose project you’re currently trying to fund? We want to hear about! Let us know in the comments below.

By |February 9th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on 3 Awesome Funding Opportunities for Teachers|

9 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

We know it’s going to be a super weekend for all you football fans out there. But if you’re looking to catch up on all the best teaching-related reads before Sunday’s big game, TeacherPop has a few suggestions for your reading list. Check out these nine teacher reads to kick off Super Bowl weekend!

“In terms of diversity, geography is just as important as racial and ethnic.” The New York Times reports on how colleges and universities are encouraging students from rural areas of the U.S. to consider higher education.

Do you know the best time to schedule recess? Or what to do if the weather fails to cooperate? NPR looks into new recess guidelines from the CDC and SHAPE, and the benefits of making recess part of your curriculum.

“I understand things visually, by finding them in paint. I don’t know if my dyslexia causes me to be this way, but I have a feeling it does.”

MindShift looks into the benefits of outdoor learning and offers some advice on how teachers can expand their classroom out in the wild.

MindShift also highlights five good reasons math teachers should make spatial reasoning a focus in their classrooms.

“Hidden gender biases in curricula and the socialization of gender roles lead to inequitable education for girls and for boys. What changes can be made to create a more equitable learning environment for all students?” The fine folks at Edutopia have some suggestions.

“When it seems as though politicians and others can’t agree on basic facts, it’s more important than ever to encourage our students to seek truth.” A high school teacher discusses why facts still matter.

“It’s such a special feeling when one of your students doesn’t think they can do something and see them over time develop that belief in themselves.” Teach For America corps member and NFL cheerleader, Areli Carreon (Bay Area ’15), shares her inspiring story helping students achieve success in the classroom.

If you’re looking to kick off this Super Bowl weekend with some cute competition, don’t miss today’s match up between two fierce and fluffy rivals, Team Longears and Team Lops!

By |February 3rd, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on 9 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

45 Books to Honor Black History Month in the Classroom

Wondering which books to introduce to your class to help your students learn more about the contributions and achievements of black Americans this Black History Month? Well, Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ‘12) is here to help with an extensive list of books tailored for this special time of year!

Her list of titles below—featuring both word count and Lexile level—range from narrative free verse poetry to graphic novels so it’s easy for teachers to choose just the right books. Check out Kelsey’s list of 45 books to honor Black History Month in the classroom!

  1. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives, and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (720L; 3,504 words)
  1. My Name is James Madison Hemings by Jonah Winter (not an Accelerated Reader book)
  1. In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis (1130L; 44,571 words)
  1. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (781L, 52,179 words)
  1. Zane and the Hurricane: The Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick (820L, 39,810 words)
  1. The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass (701L, 20,464 words)
  1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (750L; 16,888 words)
  1. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia (750L, 45,483 words)
  1. S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia (725L, 53,593 words)
  1. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (770L, 68,016 words)
  1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (990L, 30,318 words)
  1. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (1000L, 50,225 words)
  1. Chains (Seeds of America #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson (780L, 75,475 words)
  1. Forge (Seeds of America #2) by Laurie Halse Anderson (850L; 64,682 words)
  1. Ashes (Seeds of America #3) by Laurie Halse Anderson (870L; 71,488 words)
  1. Two Friends: Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins (430L, 401 words)
  1. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (460L, 990 words)
  1. All The Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka (540L, 154 words)
  1. Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng (781L, 9,325 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes Stands Tall by Sally Warner (650L, 21,901 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes the Recess King! by Sally Warner (690L, 26,274 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes Rocks the Holidays! by Sally Warner (690L, 21,675 words)
  1. Ellray Jakes Is Magic! by Sally Warner (720L, 23,739 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk by Sally Warner (745L, 20,365 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes the Dragon Slayer! by Sally Warner (701L, 21,308 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes Walks the Plan! by Sally Warner (745L, 16,245 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star by Sally Warner (701L, 15,273 words)
  1. EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner (745L, 14,708 words)
  1. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods (675L, 39,914 words)
  1. Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells (770L, 40,625 words)
  1. Doom at Grant’s Tomb by Marcia Wells (720L, 31,191 words)
  1. Mystery in Mayan Mexico by Marcia Wells (731L, 37,051 words)
  1. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (965L, 43,004 words)
  1. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods (635L, 26,406 words)
  1. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (811L; 60,663 words)
  1. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon (619L, 59,958 words)
  1. March: Book One by John Lewis (GN720L, 7,966 words)
  1. March: Book Two by John Lewis (GN860L, 13,002 words)
  1. March: Book Three by John Lewis (GN900L, 21,073 words)
  1. Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm (665L, 6,041 words)
  1. Yummy by Neri (520L, 5,086 words)
  1. Dog Days by Karen English (701L, 23,007 words)
  1. The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes (680L, 25,478 words)
  1. Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen (1121L, 20,624 words)
  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (950L; 50,380 words)

And as a helpful aid for teachers, Kelsey has graciously shared a poster she uses to help introduce new books into her own classroom’s library!

What books do you plan to introduce into your classroom library in honor of Black History Month? Share your picks below!

By |February 2nd, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on 45 Books to Honor Black History Month in the Classroom|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Dallas Strengthen Their School Community

Teach For America alum Valeria Estrada (Dallas – Fort Worth ’14) is working hard to strengthen her school community and engage students with extracurricular activities. One way she’s doing so is by helping her kids at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School in Dallas start a school newspaper to keep students, parents, and the community up to date on all the happenings on campus.

“Our students crave opportunities to use technology to create things and share them with their peers and parents,” Ms. Estrada says.

Publishing a school newspaper will be an invaluable opportunity for her students to learn how to use tools like Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Illustrator to create a news source for their school. But in addition to these tools, they’ll need essential supplies to get the presses running—none more vital than paper to print their articles, polls, graphs, and cartoons on.

As a result, Ms. Estrada has turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase the paper students need to produce their newspaper, along with other essentials like pens, clipboards, and writing process folders.

“Having these supplies will help our student newspaper staff strengthen their research and writing skills, as well as promote literacy across the school,” Ms. Estrada says. “These young journalists will use their writing process folders, clipboards, and colored pens to guide them through the whole writing process, from researching topics, interviewing others, drafting our stories, editing and revising them, and finally publishing and distributing the newspaper.”

Please consider supporting Ms. Estrada’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.

By |February 2nd, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Dallas Strengthen Their School Community|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Warm, Stylish Winter

Happy Friday, y’all! With winter comes cooler air, and that means one thing—layers! But as you piece together your outfits this winter you may find yourself lacking a few key elements. Whether your wardrobe’s missing a warm jacket or a hip pair of dress pants, TeacherPop is here to help. Check out these deals for a warm, stylish winter!

J.Crew: Take an extra 40% off final sale styles with coupon code GETSHOPPING through Monday.

Gap: Save 35% with coupon code QUICK until midnight.

Banana Republic: Save 40% on regular price items with coupon code BRSTYLE through Monday.

Old Navy: Take 25% off your order with coupon code ENJOY through midnight.

LOFT: Take an extra 60% off sale styles for a limited time.

Express: Buy one, get one 50% off on women’s dress pants for a limited time.

Urban Outfitters: Save 30% on all women’s jackets and outerwear for a limited time.

Michaels: Take 40% off one regular price item with coupon code 40SAVE12217 through Saturday.

Home Depot: Save up to 30% on storage solutions for a limited time.

Barnes & Noble: Save 15% on any one item with coupon code BNWIN17 through Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

By |January 27th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Warm, Stylish Winter|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Math Students in Baltimore Achieve Success

Teach For America alum Julie Oxenhandler (Baltimore ’09) understands math is often a challenging subject for her students at Afya Public Charter Middle School 337 in Baltimore. It can cause stress and anxiety, she says, and sometimes students even develop a negative association with school in general, as a result.

“My students are curious, active, intelligent middle schoolers,” Ms. Oxenhandler says. “They ask a lot of questions, hold themselves to high standards, and want nothing more than to have a positive impact on their school and neighborhood.”

This year, Ms. Oxenhandler is working diligently to ensure her students’ focus, hard work, and determination lead to success. She admits a lack of supplies could put a damper on her plan, so she’s turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase the basic materials her students need to step up to the challenge of math.

“By helping us get more folders, expo markers, erasers, and pencils you are ensuring that every student, every day, doesn’t waste time seeking out supplies because they will already have access to them,” Ms. Oxenhandler says. “Nobody likes to feel embarrassed because they don’t have a pencil or need to ask to borrow materials from their teacher or friends. With these extra supplies ready to go in the classroom, you’ll help build a culture of honesty rather than excuses.”

Please consider supporting Ms. Oxenhandler’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.

By |January 25th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Math Students in Baltimore Achieve Success|